CAMDEN COUNTY, Ga. – Lawyers representing a 41-year-old man, who they say is seen on video being beaten by deputies at the Camden County Detention Center, are calling for a criminal investigation, according to a press release from an attorney representing him.
Videos were allegedly filmed at the Camden County Detention Center in September. The first video, shared by the attorney, shows his client appearing to be picking something up on a prison cell bench. Deputies enter and appear to try to restrain him before repeatedly hitting him on the head.
In a second video, the fight continues in a hallway, where the man is forced to the ground and appears to be restrained. No sound was heard in the recordings and it is unclear what might have led to the battle.
The man was identified as Jarrett Hobbs by his attorney.
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“This video is undeniable and the deputies’ actions are inexcusable,” attorney Harry Daniels said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Hobbs entered the Camden County Jail, suffered a psychological episode and asked to be placed in protective confinement. But instead of protecting him, these deputies pounced on him and beat and kicked him mercilessly…”
At one point, according to the attorney, one of Hobbs’ dreadlocks was torn from his scalp. Daniels said his client received no medical treatment and was placed in solitary confinement. He noted in his statement that Hobbs was arrested for speeding, driving with a suspended/withdrawn license and possession of a controlled substance, which are non-violent offenses. Daniels said that after his client was beaten, Hobbs was charged with assault.
“When this happened, they charged him with assault, aggravated assault and obstruction,” Daniels said in an interview with News4JAX. “So they beat him and attacked him.”
Daniels has asked the district attorney to be involved in the investigation.
The Camden County Sheriff’s Office said it is launching an internal investigation. The statement reads:
“A video posted to social media is part of an incident that took place at The Camden County Sheriff’s Office jail that has caused the public to question the actions of corrections officers. Sheriff Jim Proctor and members of the Command Staff watched the video. Sheriff Proctor has ordered an immediate internal investigation into the incident. This investigation includes all recorded video from the time the detainee entered the facility on September 3, 2022 until his release on September 30, 2022. An additional agency will assist with the investigation if necessary.
“Internal investigations involve watching videos, questioning witnesses and documenting recovered evidence, which takes time and is not completed overnight. The Camden County Sheriff’s Office has always been an agency that is transparent and allows the public access to all activities of each division. During the investigation, the names of all persons involved will remain confidential until the conclusion of the investigation.”
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